Thursday, May 20, 2010

I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk

5 Star

When twenty six year old Angela Clark discovers her fiancé cheating on her at her best friend’s wedding and finds out everyone but her already knew, she yells at the bride until she cries, breaks the grooms hand with her Louboutins and flees their ruined wedding.  Unable to face the situation, the next morning she hightails it to New York City with a one way ticket and only the overnight bag she had packed for the wedding.  She meets gorgeous Jenny on her first day, has a whirlwind makeover and as soon as she is taught the dating rules, she finds herself involved with two very different men.  She has fallen head over heels in love with New York, but can she stay and does she want to? 

Lydia - 5 Star

What fabulous and fun chick lit! I whipped through I Heart New York, finding it full of laughs and connected with Angela’s character and enjoyed following her as she tried to figure herself out.

I Heart New York was such a fun read.  I laughed out loud and was fully immersed into Angela’s life. She felt real to me. She had wasn't too ditzy, she had aspirations and I felt her love for the city shine through, along with her confusion about how she ended up there in the first place.  I loved the descriptions of the city which made me want to pick up and move there myself. This story moved along at a brisk pace and I couldn’t wait to see where she would end up.

The sequel, I Heart Hollywood, was in my reading pile and I had to pick it up immediately to see where Angela’s adventures would take her and the next book in the series, I Heart Paris is out in July and I’m sure I won’t be able to keep my hands off it either.  If you loved The Shopaholic series and Sex in the City, you’ll love this wonderful chick lit tale of finding yourself all over again.

Kathryn - 5 Star

I Heart New York was fun and fantastic!  Read it while on a canoe trip and was very glad this was the book I chose to take with me.  It’s fast paced with lots of detail and has a little bit of something other chick lit self-discovery novels don’t always have- a woman who’s completely able to admit she doesn’t know what she’s doing!

The beginning was really funny and I laughed at her choice moves after finding out her fiancé has been cheating- couple of things she shouldn’t have done really but probably will make a lot of ladies wish they’d had the guts to do!  She then takes off to New York after walking out on her best friend’s wedding- visually fantastic for the reader, pictured her flouncing out of the reception in my head. 

I loved the first person she meets in New York (Jenny) so much I wish I could have one of her around to take care of me- can’t imagine anything better than a great ball of energy to send anything you could possibly need via room service and then pick up your scattered pieces and sort you out again!   You should be able to hire people like this.

The rest of the novel is well balanced between questioning her future plans and her present life. Both her female and male relationships are detailed and each one is visually created for us.  I think this was probably the best aspect to the novel- nothing was left vague and without purpose- even the smaller parts had their point. 

Am looking forward to reading the next one!

Thank you to HarperCollins Canada for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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